‘The fire had no power’

One winter morning a few years ago, I was helping my husband start our large dump truck by spraying starter fluid in the carburetor. We lived in a small mountain community and were clearing an area on our property in anticipation of acquiring several horses. The truck’s engine backfired, smoked, and almost started. I was giving this some prayerful support, knowing God was keeping perfect order and functionality. Because God is ever active, nothing could obstruct or stop right activity. 

My husband again tried to start the truck, and this time the engine started, but flames shot out of the carburetor. Some of the starter fluid had leaked onto my hand, and now my hand was in flames, too. I felt like I was watching a movie. “This can’t be real,” I said to myself. I sat down on the ground in front of the truck and put the fire out by hitting my hand repeatedly on the icy gravel driveway. At first my husband, who is not a student of Christian Science, was unaware of what had happened, but when I told him about my hand, he was concerned and asked me what I wanted to do. He was used to my relying on Christian Science for healing, and respected my desire to turn to it in this instance.

I returned to the house, mentally declaring what I knew to be true: that I was God’s spiritual, perfect child, untouched by material laws. In light of this, there was no damage or material picture to examine. Divine Love, God, was nearer and more real to me than any belief of injury. That morning, in addition to my study of the Christian Science Bible Lesson, I had read the Bible story of the three Hebrew boys who were protected from the fiery furnace (see Dan., chap. 3). I knew that the same divine Love was present now, protecting me just as it had delivered them. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace! 

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Testimony of Healing
A mother prays for her family
August 22, 2011

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